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Plants’ Epigenetic Secrets

By Jef Akst | February 1, 2017

Unlike animals, plants stably pass on their DNA methylomes from one generation to the next. The resulting gene silencing likely hides an abundance of phenotypic variation.

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Science Your Plants!

By The Scientist Staff | February 1, 2017

CalTech researcher Elliot Meyerowitz describes how plant genetics influences growth and productivity.

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Infographic: Plant Methylation Basics

By Jef Akst | February 1, 2017

Multiple molecular mechanisms keep plant DNA methylation in order.

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Unique Antibodies Open Path Toward New HIV Vaccines

By Amanda B. Keener | January 27, 2017

A family of broadly neutralizing antibodies from a chronically infected donor provides a schematic for designing vaccines and treatments that target multiple strains of the virus.

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Exploring the Epigenetics of Ethnicity

By Anna Azvolinsky | January 11, 2017

Researchers attempt to estimate how much of the human genome’s methylation patterns can be attributed to genetic ancestry.

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Children born to obese parents are at increased risk of failing motor development and cognitive tests, according to an NIH-led study.

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Characterizing the Imprintome

By Amber Dance | January 1, 2017

Three techniques for identifying the collection of maternal and paternal genes silenced in offspring

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Methylation Maestro

By Anna Azvolinsky | January 1, 2017

After initially discovering that DNA methylation represses transcription, Howard Cedar continues to explore how the epigenetic mark regulates gene expression.

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Transgenerational Epigenetics Prepares Plants for Drought

By Ben Andrew Henry | January 1, 2017

Plants grown in dry soil produce offspring that are hardier in drought conditions, and DNA methylation appears responsible. 

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Mouse Immunology Paper Retracted

By Jef Akst | December 16, 2016

A finding of misconduct spurs the retraction of a Science paper claiming to have identified a protein in mice that boosted immunity to both viruses and cancer.

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